making progress back to balance

Now that I have had sufficient time to process through some of the more emotional and personal challenges of the last month, I have started to direct as much energy as I can into setting myself up properly for a healthy re-start!  Regular strenuous and toning exercise is the most important activity I need to reincorporate into my weekly routine, but in the meantime, while waiting on the funds for yoga and balancing out time consuming work and family responsibilities, I am doing what I can to make health a priority in every other area.

This week I managed to remove all non-whole-foods from my kitchen and have repacked it full of beautiful, healthy, body-nurishing foods.  I have a fridge stocked with all kinds of leafy greens, a variety of legumes (which are currently soaking in preparation for a scrumptious all-bean chili I’ll be whipping up tonight!), lots of nuts and seeds, and plenty of fresh fruit.  I’m excited about all of the great dishes I’m going to be creating this week.  A BIG shout out to Donald’s Market on Hastings for their LIFE-SAVING grocery delivery service!!!

Sidenote:  Something you may not know about me — I don’t drive.  And actually, although I will have my license by the end of this month, just for the sake of having it and being able to drive in an emergency, help grandparents, etc, I plan on NOT having a car for as long as I can hold out (i.e. until I have kids or something).   I consider myself a budding environmentalist, and in light of all of the heart-breaking natural disasters happening in our world right now, I want to do everything I can to take better care of this earth and use as little of its natural resources as possible!  And it’s not just about protecting ecosystems, it’s about protecting human lives, which is what matters to me the most.

So, back to the grocery delivery service from Donald’s.  Being able to send in a HUGE grocery order and have someone take on the responsibility of carefully selecting everything on said list, pack it into boxes, and deliver it right to my front door FREE OF CHARGE, is something I am extremely grateful for!  They keep an online record of what I usually order, so when I need to re-order, I can just send a quick-list of what I’ve run out of, and they have my main list for detailed reference of brands and amounts, etc.  It’s very easy and they always bring me the BEST quality produce.  Conveniences like this help keep me healthy!

So, after refurbishing my kitchen with goodness only, I decided to bake some muffins.  Mmmmmm.  Muffins.  *I love*.   I came up with a low-fat banana/chocolate chip muffin recipe ON MY OWN, that happened to turn out amazingly good.  Here it is for you to try.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup fruit yogurt of your choosing

1/4 cup plain yogurt

2 tbsp demerera sugar

2 medium bananas, mashed

1 egg, free range/organic

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp milk

2 cups whole wheat or whole grain  flour

1/2 cup rolled oats, organic

2 tbsp ground flax meal

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup walnuts, crushed

Preheat oven to 375.  Grease or line muffin tin.  Mix yogurt and sugar together.  Add egg, mashed banana, olive oil, and milk.  In a separate bowl, mix whole wheat flour, rolled oats, ground flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add dry ingredients to wet mixture, blending well. Add chocolate chips.  Sp0on into muffin tin.  Sprinkle crushed walnuts on top before putting in oven.  Bake for 15 minutes or until fork comes out clean!  ENJOY!

This Monday I get to visit my grandpa in the hospital again (who is very much on the road to recovery!) and spend time with my grandma and uncle at home in Chilliwack.  I’m going to take a walk by the Chilliwack River while I’m there, and continue to take deep breaths in and out, being aware of how alive, how able, how strong, how beautiful, how creative, and how blessed I am.  There is nothing to fear on the road ahead.  I’m looking forward to enjoying a healthy week and taking good care of myself.  In doing that, I will enable myself to take better care of the people in my life who I love with all my heart.  It’s a win win!

Hope you are all enjoying your weekends and feeling grateful for all the good things in your possession.  In light of what is happening in Japan,  I will end this post with a prayer I found this morning on Facebook written by a Hawaiian Elder about the healing and care of our Mother Earth.  We are all connected in loss.

“We give thanks to you, our Creator, (or Source name) for all the wonderful gifts you have bestowed upon us. We are grateful to you for helping us endure as long as we have on our beloved Mother Earth. At this time of critical change, Creator, we ask you to help each one of us gain the understanding and wisdom we need to heal, to love one another, and to finally realize peace. We ask you to help each one of us become more aware of our responsibilities in caring for all life on this beautiful planet.
Creator, we know deep inside that we are a part of you and all creation. We want to take back our roles as caretakers of our planet. We want to open our hearts to honoring, respecting and caring for our natural environment. The global warming that is occurring all over the Earth is a blessed wake-up call. It is time to make a more loving, compassionate, thriving, vibrant world. Together, we can restore the integrity and healing powers of our water, air, and land to build a sustainable future for our children. Together, we can do this as One family working in unison to fulfill our purpose on this Earth.
Creator, we are grateful to be as one heart with you in this very special moment. We thank you again for giving us your love, your wisdom and your joy.”

Over’N’Out

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